‘Harry Potter’ World Cup: Help Decide The Best Character!

Voting opens Monday on the MTV Movies Blog to finally put this debate to rest.

Are you a Dumbledore guy or gal? Perhaps you’re keen on Hermione and Harry? Or maybe you shun the high-profile faces and hold a special place in your heart for Moaning Myrtle or Nearly Headless Nick? Who truly is the greatest “Harry Potter” character of all time?

That’s a debate fans have been having since J.K. Rowling published her first novel about a boy wizard in 1997 and one that continues to rage as the final film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” nears its July 15 debut. And you know what? It’s time to finally put this fantastical argument to rest!

Get ready for MTV News’ “Harry Potter” World Cup, a monthlong tournament pitting 64 “Potter” characters against one another to see which will be decided solely by online fan voting. Check out the full bracket with all the supernatural matchups, then study up and get ready to vote when the first round kicks off Monday, June 20, at MoviesBlog.MTV.com.

Check out photos of all 60 of the “Harry Potter” World Cup players.

The single-elimination tournament will proceed from round to round with the intensity of the fiercest of Quidditch matches, with some characters falling by the wayside and others continuing to fight the good fight. It’s all leading up to the epic championship round. The two finalists will be announced Monday, July 11. Voting will continue through MTV News’ live-stream coverage of the “Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ red-carpet premiere in New York City, with the winner crowned at the end of the event.

The full Harry Potter World Cup is as follows:

» Round 1: Monday, June 20, through Sunday, June 26
» Round 2: Monday, June 27, through Thursday, June 30
» Sweet 16: Friday, July 1, through Tuesday, July 5
» Elite Eight: Wednesday, July 6, through Thursday, July 7
» Final Four: Friday, July 8, through Sunday, July 10
» Championship Round: Top two announced Monday, July 11, with voting continuing through the New York premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2″

So get ready to vote at MoviesBlog.MTV.com on June 20, and be sure to utilize the Twitter hashtag #mtvpottercup to spread the word. Don’t let your favorite character lose out on being named the greatest “Harry Potter” character ever. Sixty-four will compete, but only one will emerge as the Wizarding World’s Champion — and it’s up to you!

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